East Nottingham supervisor vacancy expected to be filled by April board meeting
● By Steven Hoffman
One vacancy still exists on the East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors, but the expectation is that there will be a full board of five members in time for the April meeting.
Within a five-week period late in 2015, two supervisors—Jane Ladley and Scott Blum—resigned from the board. The township's vacancy board convened in December to fill the first vacancy, but was deadlocked 2-2, and unable to make an appointment. Consequently, that vacancy was placed in the hands of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.
When the board of supervisors reorganized in January, Shelley McLeod Meadowcroft and Joe Herlihy were welcomed on as new elected members, joining incumbent supervisor Art Rieck. According to Meadowcroft, the board formally accecpted Scott Blum's resignation at the Jan. 4 meeting. The board then attempted to hold a special meeting to fill this vacancy on Feb. 2, but Herlihy would not take part in that meeting and there was no quorom. The vacancy board convened on Feb. 8 and voted to appoint Sam Goodley to the board. The appointment was challenged in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, and the appointment was upheld so Goodley became the fourth member of the board.
The other vacancy is still in the hands of Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge William P. Mahon. He has asked the township to open up the vacancy again so that people can send in a letter of interest and résumé on or before Friday, March 18 for consideration. The judge will then hold a public hearing to interview the candidates on Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. in Courtroom 4 of the Chester County Justice Center. After the interviews are conducted, Judge Mahon will make the appointment and the board of supervisors should have five members in time for the April meeting.